"Twilight Sparkle is confused by her conflicting feelings when she finds out her brother Shining Armor is marrying Princess Mi Amore Cadenza, who she soon realizes is Cadance, a childhood friend of hers. However, when she notices suspicious behavior from Cadance, Twilight Sparkle tries to investigate the situation."
"After being trapped in an underground cavern, Twilight Sparkle finds another Princess Cadance, and learns a dark secret about the Princess Cadance that Shining Armor is about to marry."
@Fiora Aroura: ...Unless there's a sibling we haven't seen yet, then yeah. That would sum it up. o_o I wonder who Luna slept with..
edit: wait. Doesn't Celestia have a nephew too? Maybe this niece is the sister of that nephew Rarity wanted to bang. I think there IS another sibling of Celestia and Luna who's popping out all these ponies.
You should go ahead and put the discussion for part 2 up as well, since they're going to air on the same day.
Also, I'm surprised that a lot of people here didn't already know about this, given the heavy promotion and whatnot. Shining Armor being Twi's brother was announced quite a while ago, too. In fact, I never really understood why you guys don't post these until the preceding episodes have aired.
Also, there'd better be some serious lampshading about how Shining Armor was never mentioned before now.
Still doesn't answer the question of.. how Luna and Celestia are aunts without having a 3rd sibling.. Maybe they adopted these ponies and Celestia was all,
"Ok, guess what! I'm your aunt and I shall be treated as such because I'm great like that (and if I considered you as my children, then that would mean that you would be next in line.. f that! You little bastards get the lower half of the royalty totem pole.) Luna's on the moon still, in time-out. You'll get to see her again.. just.. praise me for now. Yes. All me. If you don't, you'll get to see your other aunt REAL soon. Okay? Okay. We're done talking.. now get out of my kingdom."
Has anyone noticed the mood whiplashes present in this show whenever there's a two-parter? I mean, take the end of part 1 of this: Twilight's alienated everypony, there's that tearjerking reprise of B.B.B.F.F., then she's suddenly imprisoned by "Cadance"! ...Aaaand cue happy ending theme.
*just starts watching episode*
DAMMIT TWILIGHT! Why'd you have to remind me about my brother with your cheesy songs and crying, and ghost imagery!? Now I'm cryin'. <:'C
Seriously, wut? Just 5 minutes in, I'm already crying. ...CURSE YOU PONIES!
*after finishing the two-part episode*
BEST. FINALE. EVUR! :O
OMG WTF THIS WAS JUST THE MOST BRILLIANT EPISODE IN THE SERIES! OMFG! Okay, Discord was epic, but this episode threw EVERYTHING that bronies love into one episode. Exciting plot, drama, amazing cinematography, cool villain, Lyra, DjP0n3, Luna, Celestia (and she actually does something this time around), AMAZING SONGS, ROMANCE, SO MUCH EPIC, EPIC EPIC EPIC - OMG. I'm gonna faint, it's just so awesome! Cx
One major nitpick though. What was this Queen Changeling's deal? I mean, okay. I understand that she tries to get Shining Armor to marry her so she could have a position of power, but... where exactly did she come from? What are her origins? Any sympathetic value? ... No? Seriously? ... Oh well.
I ORGASM'D AT THE AWESOMENESS THAT WAS MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC. SO, MUCH, AWESOME! /)>3<(\
Queen Chrysalis is simply an insectile hive-matron trying to give her children nourishment through the most natural and beneficial means possible - invading someplace filled with love and exploiting the emotions of their prey. very efficient and beneficial for her race, but very cruel and cold to us.
If you loved a changing for who they are, would they turn good? Would it just make them more powerful than they normally would become through stealing the love of somepony by pretending to be somepony else?
I like to think that changelings will swap out pony foals with their own young so that the child can subsist on the love of a pony family, while they subsist on the love of the kidnapped foal who was half-transformed into a changing itself. Meanwhile, both foals grow up relatively ignorant of the situation and love their new families because, really, what else would they do? You grow up around people and in their cultures, and even though you KNOW somethign feels wrong, you don't care because you feel safe and loved with your family and friends.
I equate the situation to Bradbury's short story The Martian in which one of the last Martians wants to live with invading humans by using his psychic abilities to change himself into someone that a human has lost because he needs love, but is so torn between so many people needing to see their passed loved ones that his mind breaks and he dies from the trauma.
A life-cycle reminiscent of the actual mythical changelings, I give it both my hooves up.
I am in love with these bucking things...
Nightmare Moon's defeat in season 1 made sense because she wasn't in her own mind (for 1000 years, lol) and it took the elements of harmony to snap her out of it, as well as the love and forgiveness of her older sister Celestia.
Discord's defeat was more anti-climactic mostly because he was too confident with his new-found power that he lost focus on his actions. The elements of harmony re-imprisoned him into his stoney prison as a consequence.
As for Queen Chrysalis, I'll admit - she was pretty cool. But what weakened her character was that she repeated Discord's mistake, only this time - she was less sympathetic because while Discord was imprisoned for performing chaotic things which he believed brought him happiness, there are possible clues and an explanation as to WHY he might be acting the way he is. He was simply beyond help, so he needed to be put down a second time to preserve peace.
Chrysalis seemed more like a witch to me. Let's face it. She takes the form of a beautiful princess, starts performing terrible spells on ponies to get what she wants, engulfs the entire kingdom from the wrath of her 'children' -- you see where I'm going with this. She really reminded me of Ursula from the Little Mermaid, in a way. She even had an awesome villain song! :O
Though, I don't believe she necessarily 'died', she was kinda banished and flung out of the kingdom to far away lands. There's a chance she might come back, but I have my doubts since the writers have to create an evil villain every chance they get whenever they make another season.
Still, yeah. "DRAT! I'VE BEEN FOILED BY DA POWAH OF LOOOOOVE~" is a very anti-climactic way to go. She wasn't even attacked by the elements of harmony, so that makes it all the more depressing. :|
With that said, I don't think that the anti-climax is enough to ruin the episode. It was NEAR PERFECT in my eyes. The buildup in the first parter is always the best take of the show in my opinion. It gives a nice setup for the following episode, and I think the reason why the villains are weaker by that point is because the plot can only be taken up by two episodes. Back in G1, the biggest and most epic plots lasted 10 episodes max, giving plenty of time for development and to form an attachment to the characters.
The two-part episodes in FiM have good pacing (which keeps the story from getting stale, as well as keep it exciting for everyone) - but because the final climax is rushed, it takes away the tension that was built up for so long, making the ending action seem either cheesy, underplayed, or too over-the-top.
For instance, there was the second season's Discord Arc, which really ticked me off at the final ending scene (mostly because of the Star Wars reference and said reasons as above). However, what kept me liking the season finale was the fact that the ending scene was better written than just a really cheap shot of the mane six getting awarded for their action. I mean, we never know what happens to Discord's statue (though we might assume it was banished to the moon or something), or whether or not the Cutie Mark Crusaders made up (though of course they did, but we never know how or why they fought in the first place).
Aside from the villain's defeat, everything in this episode was done near perfect. The best episode this season (if not this entire series) by far. I just loved how they set up the wedding, giving the characters time to celebrate, and satisfying the bronies by offering them Fancy-pants, DjP0n3, Luna arriving at the last minute (because lol, she slept through the whole thing) -- everything that makes us smile in general. It's kinda like the ending to Snow White where the prince shows up and rescues her from an eternity of sleep even though it made no sense for him to be there. This show runs on emotional simplicity, and I like that because when it really comes down to it - the show is suddenly much more appealing that way. C:
Phew, well that was stupid.
I'm ranting like an egghead here. xD
The only explanation you need is that she's an evil parasitic fairy who feeds on love, probably isn't capable of any other emotions than the bitter ones, and wants to feed Equestria's emotional hotspot to her people.
She's a selfish and cruel hive mother invading a place to feed her children, there's little sympathy needed when it's as cool as it is - and she's our first actually EVIL villain, since Nightmare was just pissy Luna and Discord was just having fun.
Well, I think it was stated that there was some evil magic or something involved with Nightmare Moon, and Discord was evil. happy and having fun =/= not evil. It actually makes him more evil in that he was actually enjoying all the pain he caused. He's freaking psychotic.
@Irene the SeedrianRabbit:
1. I guess if you wanted to make the whole "Foiled by the power of love thing" a bit more climatic, I guess you could say that Candence simply supplied Shining Armour with more magical power, healing him in the process. But I see what you mean.
2. G1 had plots points that spanned 10-episode arcs? I suddenly have more respect for pre-G4 ponies.
3. Your avatar is addictive.
I cannot find it within me to argue with this statement.
No, Tirek was definitely annihilated by the Rainbow of Light in the original "Escape/Return from/to Castle Midnight" special (Why does the special have two different names?).
...Oh my god. Suddenly, I want to see Tirek (or at least a version of him) appear on Friendship is Magic.
Actually, it was stated that something or someone was responsible for Luna's corruption into Nightmare Moon, AND that same something or someone was responsible (or at least partially responsible) for freeing Discord from his stone prison. Of course, since Lauren Faust is no longer working on the show, we'll probably never actually SEE any of this.